GARDAI are investigating whether the body of a man discovered on a beach in Dublin is that of actor Gerry McCann.
The body was discovered at 11.20am on Dollymount Strand yesterday. A local out walking discovered a man's remains washed up on the shore and contacted gardai.
While the body had not been identified last night, gardai are anxious to establish if it is linked to the disappearance of married father-of-two Mr McCann, inset, who has been missing for almost a week.
The body was removed to the city morgue where a post mortem was carried out.
The actor was being treated for anxiety and went missing from the St John of God Hospital in Stillorgan last Thursday. Relatives of Mr McCann said they wished to be left alone "for a few days" as they await further news.
Mr McCann is best known for his performance in the film 'Life's a Breeze', where he appeared in a scene with comedian Pat Shortt, and from past appearances as character Pascal's carer in 'Fair City'.
Meanwhile, a search operation continued yesterday for missing Limerick schoolgirl Chloe Kinsella, who disappeared on Saturday.
The young dance enthusiast left the family home through her bedroom window without her mobile phone, and has not been in contact since.
Separately, gardai in Dun Laoghaire are appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of Patricia Brown.
The 59-year-old from Glenageary has been missing since Sunday. Patricia is described as being 5ft 4ins with green/hazel eyes. When last seen she may have been in possession of a navy coloured rucksack.